REN newsflash

India's poor risk health to mine electronic "E-Waste"
28 June 2014
"E-waste is a cocktail of toxic chemicals like lead, mercury, cadmium, and brominated flame retardants," says Priti Mahesh, chief program coordinator for Toxics Link, a Delhi-based environmental group. "Some of these are known to cause not just short-term health problems, but also to damage the brain, nervous system, and reproductive system in the long term." For decades, the ...
New subheadings created for hazardous chemicals in WCO Harmonized System
27 June 2014
The WCO Council, at its 123rd/124th Sessions in June 2014, adopted a Recommendation that lists recommended amendments to the Harmonized System (HS) nomenclature which will enter into force on 1 January 2017 (HS 2017). This Recommendation is being promulgated under the provisions of Article 16 of the HS Convention, which implies that HS Contracting Parties now have six months to notify the WCO Secr...
Previous REN Newsflash
27 June 2014
The Ninth issue of REN newsflash released
18 June 2014
Highlights in this issue:   Two upcoming activities of REN in July Stakeholders invited to provide information on Technical Guidelines on transboundary movement of e-waste Tougher rules on waste export in UK Kenya’s new regulations on imports of used electronics Ban fails to stop used electronics imports in Vietnam Click here to download
Manual for police forces on waste transport checks
17 June 2014
At the annual IMPEL TFS conference, the Belgian Federal Police presented a manual for police officers in the EU on how to perform inspections of waste shipments on the road. The manual aims to present in a simple manner the EU legislative framework related to transboundary movements of waste, types of infringements and safety issues. (Click here to read more)  
The eighth REN newsflash released
6 June 2014
Welcome to the eighth issue of REN newsflash!  Highlights in this issue: New EU Rules for Waste Shipments adopted Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management considers key actions and priorities Canada in communication with Philippines on toxic wastes Click here to download
Stakeholders are invited to provide information on Technical Guidelines on transboundary movement of e-waste
5 June 2014
At its 5 February 2014 teleconference, the Small Intersessional Working Group (SIWG) on E-waste recommended the Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions to collect more information regarding paragraph 26 (b) which would be useful for future discussions and in the consideration of the draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used ...
Ozone Network Meeting for South Asia held in Sri Lanka
4 June 2014
With the theme “Only 219 days to 1.1.2015!!,” officials and experts from 13 countries in the South Asia region gathered in the beautiful capital city of Sri Lanka from 27-30 May 2014 for the Regional Ozone Network Meeting for South Asia, organized by UNEP and the Government of Sri Lanka, through Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy. This forum is part of a global programme to e...
Europe & Central Asia Ozone Protection Award for Custom & Enforcement Officers
2 June 2014
Customs and enforcement officers from Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cyprus, European Union, Georgia, Germany, India, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan have been awarded the prestigious ozone protection medals and certificates in recognition of their strong commitment to address illegal / unwanted trade in ozone-depl...
Sharp rise in cargo smuggling cases including chemicals and waste in India
2 May 2014
The crackdown launched by sleuths of the Tuticorin Custom House on cargo smuggling has resulted in a sharp rise in cases. Since the Special Intelligence and Investigation Branch (SIIB) of the Customs Department mounted vigil, the anti-smuggling unit here recorded 159 cases during 2013-14, whereas only 41 cases were booked against smugglers during 2012-13, according to Additional Commissioner of C...
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